(Ottawa) The investigation report on the work climate at Rideau Hall since Julie Payette took over as Governor General has been completed. And it confirms allegations by current and former employees that Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in Canada has created a toxic work environment.
The Privy Council Office has received the final report from a private investigative firm that was commissioned last September to shed light on these explosive allegations regarding the work climate at Rideau Hall, the daily reported Thursday. The Globe and Mail. Sources confirmed to Press that the report has been submitted to the President of the Privy Council and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Dominic LeBlanc, in the last few days.
“It is not very nice what is in this report”, told Press a source who requested anonymity because she was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
In all, the firm Quintet Consulting Corporation interviewed nearly 100 former and current employees about allegations of harassment and verbal abuse that were reported last year by the CBC network and Radio-Canada.
Among those allegedly interviewed were officials from Rideau Hall and former employees, employees of the Privy Council Office, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Global Affairs Canada, the National Capital Commission, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Armed Forces.
Mme Payette was appointed Governor General by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on October 2, 2015 for a term that normally lasts five years.
Allegations of the existence of a “toxic” climate at Rideau Hall surfaced last July in a CBC network report based on anonymous testimony from a dozen employees or ex-employees.
In the camp at Rideau Hall, these allegations against not only Julie Payette, but also her right-hand man, General Secretary Assunta Di Lorenzo, were vigorously denied.
The government nevertheless wanted to shed light on the matter and ordered a “thorough, independent and impartial review of the concerns raised by former and current employees of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG)”.
It remains to be seen what the Liberals do with the report.
Just as he has the power to recommend to the Queen of England the appointment of a person to the post of Governor General, the Prime Minister of Canada has the authority to recommend that he be stripped.
“It’s rare that you have to go that far; normally, the threat to call the queen is enough, exposed in interview Philippe Lagassé, specialist of the parliamentary system of Westminster.
“And in the case of Mme Payette, that’s what worries me, because when we raised criticisms before, the reaction was not to self-criticize, to question oneself, ”he continues.
Mme Payette hired former judge Michel Bastarache as “constitutional advisor” following the decision of the Privy Council Office to conduct an investigation.
The eminent jurist, who has served on the highest court in the land, is mandated to look after the interests of the institution of the Governor General.
“My mandate is to see that the independence and integrity of the institution are not adversely affected by the process created by the Privy Council,” the former judge told Radio-Canada in October.